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August 14, 1988 | By Erin Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
In a former restaurant where Abington politicians once raised their glasses in election-night toasts, Presbyterians now raise their voices in song to praise God. The Casa Conti Restaurant, a fixture for more than 60 years on the corner of Easton and Jenkintown Roads in Glenside, has become the New Life Presbyterian Church. After six months of renovations, the 500-member congregation began holding services there last month. The Rev. John Yenchko said he thought the big white building was a perfect place for his congregation to grow.
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November 15, 1989 | By Ralph Cipriano, Inquirer Staff Writer
On election night in Gloucester County, a row of police cars idled in front of the Board of Elections office in Woodbury. The police, from municipalities around the county, were acting as chauffeurs. Their passengers: metal boxes stuffed with thousands of ballots. As the cars pulled up to the curb, four men loaded clanging boxes onto dollies and wheeled them into the elections office, past sheriff's deputies, television lights and a crowd of spectators stacked at least 10 deep against the counter awaiting election results.
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November 10, 1988 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer TV Critic
"How many pollsters does it take to screw in a light bulb?" asked Tom Brokaw in the midst of NBC's election coverage on Tuesday. "Two, plus or minus four," said the smirking anchorman, who was repeating, he said, a typical riddle dreamed up by media people covering the presidential race. The cynicism was breathtaking. Brokaw was offering what amounted to a self-deprecating joke, a lighthearted version of the criticism that dogged television's election coverage, right up until Tuesday night - namely, that the media were relying too much on polls, on conjecture, on superficiality.
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November 12, 1989 | By Pam Belluck and Sergio R. Bustos, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County Democratic Party chairman John Lord banged an ash tray on a wooden table to summon the attention of the boisterous collection of volunteers and supporters. Without the aid of a microphone, Lord cried out that the Democrats had retained control of yet another seat on the West Chester Borough Council. Partygoers strained to hear and craned their necks to see the crude numbers and arrows scribbled in black magic marker on a sheet of paper tacked to the wall. As the vote unfolded, many celebrated by drinking beer served in pitchers and munching on club sandwiches.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2004 | By RICHARD HUFF New York Daily News
When a president is elected in two weeks, it will mark Tom Brokaw's last planned major event on the air. Short of a huge unexpected story, the elections are expected to be his final big night as NBC's top anchor. After more than two decades as the face of NBC News, he's stepping away. "I'm completely at peace with my decision," said Brokaw, who will leave "NBC Nightly News" on Dec. 1. "It's been a great run. I've enjoyed every waking moment. " And he's seen a lot of moments, from the falling of the Berlin Wall to the terrorist attacks of Sept.
NEWS
November 9, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
A lot of people got drunk on election night, some in glee, some in despair. And some only seemed drunk. Which was it, we at "SideShow" wonder, with Diane Sawyer , longtime ABC anchor? She seemed, shall we say, lit from within Tuesday night as she cohosted election coverage with George Stephanopoulos . Her speech was slurred ("President Barack Ora - Barack Obama "), she wandered, seemed on the verge of giggling, and she kept leaning forward on her arms like a stevedore calling for a double Rusty Nail and make it quick . Twitter, with customary lack of mercy, exploded.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2010 | By Dan Gross
NBC10's Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz apologized Friday night to a newsroom full of people for an Election Night tantrum he threw last week when his forecast was cut. Sources tell us management told the meteorologist that his apology should be public, just as his outburst was. NBC10 management declined to comment, saying the station doesn't talk about matters of personnel. Schwartz did not return our phone call. You can see everything that came between Sandra Bullock and Jesse James when James' tattooed trollop Michelle "Bombshell" McGee dances nude at Al's Diamond Cabaret (1810 N. 5th)
NEWS
October 20, 1986
A proposed change this year in the handling of unofficial flash returns on election night in Philadelphia would shift that responsibility from the Police Department to nonuniformed employees of other city departments. Mayor Goode has not yet made a final decision on the proposal but plans to do so this week after reviewing details on how the change would be implemented. Those details are being worked out by several high-ranking members of his administration. If there is any doubt at all about the feasibility of making the change for the Nov. 4 election, the mayor should keep the old system in place at least for now. What the city must avoid absolutely is a foul-up in the unofficial vote tally, which would cast a cloud over the integrity of the election.
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October 26, 1990 | By JEFF GREENFIELD
I'm starting to dread election night. No, not because of who might win or lose, but because of what the winners and losers might say. I'm afraid one of the last bastions of political civility - the gracious victory and concession speeches - may be going the way of the horse and buggy. My fear was triggered by the post-World Series rhetoric following the Cincinnati Reds' four-game sweep of the favored Oakland Athletics. Usually, the winners praise a Higher Being, credit the opposition with a noble effort and salute their fellow players, the coaches, the trainers, the owner and the hot dog vendors.
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November 28, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORTHFIELD, N.J. These weren't slot machines, lined side by side inside a warehouse here. But their numbers - the votes cast in each machine - could pay off with a prized Assembly seat for one of two candidates awaiting their fate. The machines were used in the Nov. 5 election between Republican incumbent John Amodeo and Democratic challenger Vince Mazzeo in the Second Legislative District in Atlantic County. They were rechecked this month after the two men finished just 379 votes apart on election night.
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November 16, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
ABINGTON Abington voters are still awaiting verdicts in two commissioner races that ended in a tie. In Ward 3, the Jenkintown section of Abington, Republican Lawrence F. Jones is two votes ahead of Democrat Michael O'Connor. "It was a hard-fought election. Both sides did well," said Jones. "I'm anxious - or, more so, the people are anxious - to know the results. " In Ward 4, the Elkins Park section, Republican Pamela Vasserman and Democrat Jimmy DiPlacido are still battling over at least two contested absentee ballots.
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November 14, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
MAYS LANDING, N.J. Atlantic City Republican mayoral challenger Don Guardian claimed victory - again - Tuesday night after a count of mail-in votes gave him a seemingly insurmountable lead over Democratic incumbent Lorenzo Langford. Guardian's victory speech this time was over a cellphone on speaker to a group of reporters outside the old Atlantic County courthouse, where the Board of Elections counted additional mail-in ballots that increased his lead to 433 votes. "I believe I have sufficient additional votes that would indicate that I am indeed the [mayor-]
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013
THE REST of the world may be suffering from fiscal cliff burnout and gloom-and-doomitis over the political gridlock in Washington, D.C., but Tracey Brown of Francisville is not - because President Obama's second inauguration is on the horizon. Brown, 47, was born the same year that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed, and Obama is her main man. On election night 2008, she was out on Brown Street banging on a pot with glee. When she reminisces about that historic election, I have to smile recalling the joy that so many of us felt on the eve of the first inauguration of the nation's first African-American president four years ago, as America prepared to make history.
NEWS
November 12, 2012
RE: "LESSON of Obama's re-election" (Christine Flowers column, Nov. 9). I find it appalling that you invoke the "Civil War" when it comes to your "enmity. " Your enmity should be directed at the mountain of misinformation some conservative operatives put out there. Your enmity should be directed at Mitt and his blatant pandering and pretentious platform. Your enmity should be at the plethora of frivolous news stories such as "birtherism" and the "Benghazi conspiracy" that only amounted to smoke and mirrors against the real issues America faces.
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November 9, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV WRITER
Whether your guy won or lost on Tuesday night, you have to admit it made for compelling television. "The graphics, the tickers, it looked great on all the channels," says TV news analyst Andrew Tyndall. "I wasn't impressed by the insights or the reporting, but it looked fantastic. It was sweet television. " Well, with one exception. "It was the first time I noticed how far behind PBS has fallen in the competition," says Tyndall. "They always looked like the slightly dowdy, austere relative, but they were still in the same business, But this time they looked like the Wayne's World of political television.
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November 9, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
A lot of people got drunk on election night, some in glee, some in despair. And some only seemed drunk. Which was it, we at "SideShow" wonder, with Diane Sawyer , longtime ABC anchor? She seemed, shall we say, lit from within Tuesday night as she cohosted election coverage with George Stephanopoulos . Her speech was slurred ("President Barack Ora - Barack Obama "), she wandered, seemed on the verge of giggling, and she kept leaning forward on her arms like a stevedore calling for a double Rusty Nail and make it quick . Twitter, with customary lack of mercy, exploded.
NEWS
November 8, 2012
A WEEK AFTER Sandy, electricity was flowing in Manhattan Tuesday night, as CNN lit up the Empire State Building in Romney red and Obama blue and NBC set 30 Rock aglow above "Democracy Plaza. " Presumably, New Yorkers (and some New Jerseyans) who were still without cable - or power - could follow the skyline for their election results. CNN's John King had his "magic wall," Fox News' Bill Hemmer his "BillBoard" and network sets shone as bright as Times Square. Contrast that with footage of people waiting in endless lines or filling out multi-page paper ballots.
NEWS
October 6, 2012
By Scott Farris On election night in 1896, a friend watched William Jennings Bryan struggling to conceal his disappointment after losing to William McKinley. "It is a terrible thing," the friend wrote, "to look upon a strong man in the pride of youth and see him gather up in his hands the ashes of a great ambition. " Come Nov. 6, either President Obama or Mitt Romney will gather those same ashes. The losing candidate will have received the support of nearly half the nation's voters only to face the question: So what do I do now?
NEWS
September 21, 2012
Q: I was recently introduced to a single man at a party and we hit it off. We have a lot in common and he has a great sense of humor. There is one thing that gives me pause, however. He's a gynecologist. I'm probably just imagining things, but would that affect our sex life? And because his job involves only women, would he be more prone to having affairs? Steve: My God, woman, he's a doctor. Even if he did have affairs, you could score a nice divorce settlement. As for your sex life, he probably has an excellent understanding of female mechanics, but sex is 10 percent mechanics and 90 percent mental.
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